Egyptian Faience Amulet of Nefertum

Egyptian Faience Amulet of Nefertum

An ancient Egyptian blue faience amulet of the Nefertum, god of unguents and healing, striding with a broad kilt, tripartite wig and beard in black.

Third Intermediate - Late Period,
Ca. 1070 - 664 BC.
Height: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm).

Nefertum, a god associated with perfume and unguents, represented both the first primordial sunlight and the scent of the Egyptian blue lotus flower. Nefertum was eventually seen as the son of the Creator god Ptah, and the goddesses Sekhmet. Nefertum was usually depicted as a beautiful young man with a crown of blue water-lily flowers.

Formerly in a Canadian private collection.

Inv#: 6340


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